Zoom for Microsoft Edge is a brand new browser extension for the default Windows 10 web browser by the maker of Turn off the Lights.
While you can zoom in Edge in various ways already, advanced zooming controls are missing. The default zoom options -- Ctrl+ to zoom in, Ctrl- to zoom our, or holding down the Ctrl-key and using the mouse wheel instead -- work, but are quite limited.
There is for instance no option to change zoom steps, set a different default zoom level, or apply a custom zoom level to specific sites.
The new Zoom for Microsoft Edge extension changes this as it adds advanced zooming controls to the Windows 10 browser.
Zoom for Microsoft Edge is one of the few extensions that got released on the official Windows Store for the browser. The Edge extensions collection lists 25 extensions currently which is not a lot considering that support for browser extensions was added in the Anniversary Update last year.
The new extension is not listed there yet. You need to follow this link to open it in Windows Store.
You will get a prompt the next time you open Microsoft Edge when you run the installation on Windows Store. You need to accept this to enable the extension and start using it. Once done, you may start using the extension right away.
The extension adds a new icon to Edge. You find it when you click on the menu icon (the three dots). A right-click on the icon there enables you to move it next to the address bar for better accessibility.
So what you can do with Zoom for Microsoft Edge?
You may interact with the icon for some of the functionality that the zoom extension for Edge offers. Most features however are managed on the extension's preferences page.
Probably the most interesting options compared to Edge's default zooming capabilities are the options to change the default zoom level, the zooming steps, and to set zoom levels for domains.
Instead of having to change the zoom level manually for each site you visit, you can do so once in the settings by setting a larger value. Or, if you have eagle eyes, you could zoom out instead and get more content displayed on sites at the same time without having to scroll.
Zoom for Microsoft Edge is a useful extension for the Internet browser, especially for users who want better zoom customization options.
Granted, this is nothing that Firefox, Chrome or Opera users did not have access to already in one form or another, but it is a first for Microsoft Edge. (via OnMSFT)
Now you: Do you zoom a lot in your web browser of choice?
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